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Island Inn

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Voted "Best Inn on the Island," the Island Inn, with its combination of old Florida cottages & modern lodges, sits on 10 beautiful Gulf front acres, offering 550 feet of beach with some of the best shelling in the area. Serving guests since 1895, the Island Inn is the oldest, and newest, hotel on Sanibel. In 2018, the Inn opened the doors to the first new hotel building on Sanibel in nearly 40 years, Matthews Lodge, which offers 12 Gulf View Luxury Suite accommodations. Our mix of 49 accommodations are made up of five different hotel room types & cottages for couples, families, groups. All rooms have refrigerator, microwave & coffee making facilities & many have full kitchens. Guests of the Inn experience crisp, white linens on comfortable beds, Wi-Fi, flat screen TV's, DVD/CD players, iPhone docking stations & large screened porches with views of the Gulf. This serene setting is where the sound of the waves rolling onto the Sanibel shores can be heard 24hrs a day, 7 days a week!
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Breakfast included
Business Centre with Internet Access
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Of the many timesI’ve stayed on Sanibel, I most highly recommend the “Island Inn Resort”. Everything, the rooms, the superb staff were fantastic! And as a person, who was in the travel business, I check out everything! The staff will cater to your every need! The Shelling is
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Though I remembered loving Sanibel Island as a child, I hadn't been back in nearly 30 years - until we were invited to join friends for a quick weekend getaway. The property is DIRECTLY on the beach and every room is within easy walking distance of the sand and pool. We stayed
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Response from Fishingflats, General Manager at Island Inn
Responded 19 Jul 2018
Thank you for sharing your experience at the Island Inn, we appreciate your detailed review! We're happy you were comfortable in your Kimball Lodge room as well as your friends in one of our cottages and enjoyed the amenities of the Inn. Sounds like it was the perfect vacation to relax and get away. We hope you'll be able to join us again on Sanibel Island!
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Just lovely. Celebrated husband’s 50th with a quick trip, escaping snow and cold up north. It was relaxing and comfortable. The service was exceptional. Great property—clean and nice. We were some of the youngest people there, but no matter. We were there to chill, not to party.
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Our third stay at this delightfully and sympathetically upgraded inn. All the history and style of the families who have stayed for generations has been protected whilst the accommodation has been superbly improved. We love the calm, the location and the superb service.....we
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We spent 2 nights at the Island Inn in Matthews Lodge - with amazing views. The apartment was ideal and spacious. We ate in the restaurant on the first night of our stay, food was ok, but not a great selection of wine which was a shame. The entertainment was good and
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Response from Fishingflats, General Manager at Island Inn
Responded 1 week ago
Thanks for sharing your experience during your stay with us! We're glad you found your Matthews Lodge Suite ideal for your stay and that you were able to join in on the beach walk that's offered every morning. You can learn so much about Sanibel beaches & shells! We appreciate your review and look forward to seeing you again on your next trip to Sanibel.
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To answer your question, things have vastly improved over the last few days on Island Inn's beach! The best way to see how current conditions are is by viewing the Inn's live beach cam on their home page. Mote Marine Laboratory has a beach monitoring program. Choose the Bowmans Beach location, as this is the closest monitoring location to Island Inn. As you can see, its status is marked as "Green Flag", which is their best beach condition grade. The Florida Department of Health also has beach monitoring page. Again, choose the Bowmans Beach location. You can see there are 0 advisors for this area. Hope this helps and you enjoy your 30th wedding anniversary on Sanibel Island!
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No, there is really no central area on Sanibel. It’s more like there are “pockets” around the island. Huge estates in one area, many different small shopping centers that contain restaurants and then a couple of different public beach areas. It’s all flat with a designated bike trail that follows the road if you’d like. We went in July and did not feel crowded in any way. I understand that the spring is when it gets tremendously busy. For us, we were able to get anywhere in the island within just a few minutes by car from the hotel. It’s a great spot because the visible property next door is set way back from the beach so you get a feeling of a private beach. We are a beach family and this was our favorite. There’s not a ton of night life and really no traditional kids activities like mini-golf, etc., but we are lucky to have a teen who was just fine with that. Please let me know if you have any more questions because we had such a wonderful experience it’s fun to share.
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All the rooms have a Gulf view, however none are"directly " on the water. This is mostly because there is a protected barrier of beach vegetation; grasses, sea oats, various other native plants. This is true of the entire area, so you won't find anything directly on the beach. I live on the east coast where there are a lot of places right on the the beach. The Island Inn is on the beach and the views are great from the Kimble Gulf view suite 2nd floor.
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Is the restaurant open year round, Tks
Yes, it looked like it was.
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Does the island inn on sanibel island have bedbugs
No, and I always check! It's very clean.
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"Matthews Lodge - top floor - amazing views"
"Suite offer full kichen and the best views."
"We stayed in room 215. Overlooks the beach."
"Choose an upper floor room for a better view of the ocean."
"Ask for bottom floor of Kimball lodge so you can walk out of your room right out to beach."
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PRICE RANGE
US$195 - US$457 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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LOCATION
United StatesFloridaSouthwest Gulf CoastSanibel Island
NUMBER OF ROOMS
49
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